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Candlelit vigils have been held across India to mourn a student who has died after being gang-raped in Delhi

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Candlelit vigils have been held across India to mourn a student who has died after being gang-raped in Delhi. Thousands of people gathered in the Indian capital to express their grief and demand justice for the 23-year-old victim, who died earlier on Saturday. Six men arrested in connection with the December 16 attack have now been charged with murder. The victim’s body is being flown back...

An Indian commission set up to suggest reforms to country's rape laws after last month's Delhi gang rape of a student has called for faster trials

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An Indian commission set up to suggest reforms to country’s rape laws after last month’s Delhi gang rape of a student has called for faster trials. The panel, led by former chief justice JS Verma, also called for longer sentences but not the death penalty. India’s law minister said the report would get “government attention” soon. The brutal assault on the 23-year-ol...

President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years

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President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years. Asif Ali Zardari was met at Delhi’s Palam air force base by India’s parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Pakistani president is having lunch with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, before travelling to an important Muslim shrine in Rajasthan. It is h...

Devyani Khobragade’s detention on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper sparked outrage in India

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...stody. Her detention on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper sparked outrage in India. India would no longer turn a blind eye to tax violations by diplomats’ spouses taking up work in the country, Reuters cited an unnamed official as saying. Delhi has also withdrawn some privileges enjoyed by American diplomats and their families in the country, added the official. ̶...

India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded

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India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded. Pakistan has rejected accusations that it killed any Indian soldiers or fired across the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir. India called the attack “barbaric” and summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Delhi over the incident. Claimed...

India’s Election Commission has announced the country's general election will take place in nine phases in April and May

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India’s Election Commission has announced the country’s general election will take place in nine phases in April and May. Polling to elect a new Lok Sabha, or lower house, will be held from April 7 to May 12. Votes will be counted on May 16. With some 814 million eligible voters, India’s election will be the largest the world has seen. The ruling Congress party and the main opposition...

An explosion has hit an Israeli diplomat's car outside the country's embassy in Delhi, India, injuring one diplomat

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An explosion has hit an Israeli diplomat’s car outside the country’s embassy in Delhi, India, injuring one diplomat. Police in Delhi said they were investigating “an incident” but could not confirm an attack had taken place. The Israeli embassy in London said there had also been an attempted attack on a diplomat in Tbilisi, Georgia, but an explosive device had not gone off...

The Supreme Court in India has said Italy's Ambassador Daniele Mancini does not have legal immunity

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The Supreme Court in India has said Italy’s Ambassador Daniele Mancini does not have legal immunity, in an escalating row over Rome’s refusal to return two marines charged with murdering two Indian fishermen. India’s Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said the court had “lost trust” in Ambassador Daniele Mancini. The court reiterated last week’s order for Daniele Manc...

Indian opposition parties and trade unions are staging a day-long strike over plans to open the country's retail sector to global supermarket chains

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...217;s plan is aimed at reviving a flagging economy, as well as avoiding the threat of a downgrade in India’s credit rating. But many small shops fear for the future. Delhi-based trader, Deepak Sethi, said shopkeepers would lose business if foreign supermarkets were allowed into India. “Multinational companies will destroy the economic and social fabric of the country and will adversely...

India will impose a ban on the use of foreign cloud-based email services to send official communications, before the end of the year

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India will impose a ban on the use of foreign cloud-based email services to send official communications, before the end of the year. It would prevent civil servants using Gmail, Yahoo! or Outlook.com. Instead they would be required to use a service provided by the country’s own National Informatics Centre (NIC). The move follows the publication of leaks about US cyber-spying operations. Ac...

Shah Rukh Khan’s detention by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport near New York has sparked outrage in India

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...owed to prevent a recurrence. And in 2009, America’s Continental Airlines apologized to former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam for frisking him before he boarded a flight to the US. Members of India’s parliament were outraged after it emerged that APJ Abdul Kalam had been frisked and made to remove his shoes at Delhi airport in April. Protocol exempts former presidents and other digni...

Thousands of women have taken part in a march in Delhi to protest against the recent gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student

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...of a 23-year-old medical student But some critics called the suggestion “deplorable” and India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party vowed to “oppose any such move”. On Wednesday, thousands of women marched through the streets of Delhi, heading for Rajghat – the memorial of India’s independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi. Many held up placards calling for a...

The Indian woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus has been cremated in New Delhi

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The Indian woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus has been cremated in the capital, New Delhi. The ceremony came hours after a plane chartered by the Indian government brought her body back to the city. The 23-year-old medical student died in a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries. The attack sparked two weeks of protests about gender attitudes in India, and...

Twin blasts have killed 12 people in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad

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...sed police presence on the streets and random vehicle searches. It is the first major bomb attack in India since a September 2011 blast outside Delhi’s High Court killed 13 people. The Muslim extremist group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (Huji) said it carried out the Delhi attack. Hyderabad is one of southern India’s main commercial hubs. The explosions hit the busy Dilsukh Nagar neighbor...

Five men are to be charged with the kidnap, gang-rape and murder of an Indian woman on a Delhi bus last month

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..., and that police have lined up about 30 witnesses. On Wednesday, thousands of women marched through Delhi to Rajghat – the memorial to India’s independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi – to protest against the rape and Indian attitudes to women. Five men are to be charged with the kidnap, gang-rape and murder of an Indian woman on a Delhi bus last month Delhi’s Chief Minister S...

Indian police are carrying out raids across 10 cities as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the allocation of coalfields

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Indian police are carrying out raids across 10 cities as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the allocation of coalfields. Police say they are searching the premises of five companies, which allegedly misrepresented facts prior to being allocated the coalfields. Indian government officials and company employees are also under investigation. Government auditors recently said India...

India has begun voting in the world's biggest election

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India has begun voting in the world’s biggest election, with the nine-phase ballot beginning on Monday and concluding on May 12. India ruling Congress party pitted against the Hindu nationalist BJP opposition. Votes will be counted on 16 May. More than 800 million Indians are eligible to vote in a poll dominated by corruption and high inflation. A new anti-corruption party, the AAP, is also...

A massive power outage has caused disruption across northern India, including in the capital, Delhi

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...hit the country in more than a decade. A massive power outage has caused disruption across northern India, including in the capital, Delhi The outage happened at 02:30 local time on Monday after India’s Northern Grid network collapsed. Monday morning saw travel chaos engulf the region with thousands of passengers stranded when train services were disrupted in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh....

Passengers aboard a Finnair flight from Helsinki to New Delhi were pleasantly surprised when the aircraft' staff treated them with a Bollywood-style dance to celebrate India's 63rd Republic Day

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Passengers aboard a Finnair flight from Helsinki to New Delhi were pleasantly surprised when the aircraft’ staff treated them with a Bollywood-style dance to celebrate India’s 63rd Republic Day. A video showing the smiling Finnair staff treating passengers to the choreographed routine, has become a hit on YouTube, receiving more than half-a-million hits in just one day. Helena Kaartin...

More than half of India has been left without power after a massive power breakdown has hit the country for a second day running

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More than half of India has been left without power after a massive power breakdown has hit the country for a second day running. Indian officials said the northern and eastern grids had both collapsed. All Delhi metro services have been halted and staff is trying to evacuate trains. Monday’s power failure caused severe disruption and travel chaos across northern India. It was unclear why t...

Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has called on the authorities to reveal the name of the New Delhi gang-rape victim so that a new anti-rape law can be named after her

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Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has called on the authorities to reveal the name of the New Delhi gang-rape victim so that a new anti-rape law can be named after her. Junior Education Minister Shashi Tharoor said unless the parents of the 23-year-old medical student objected, she should be honored. The victim died over the weekend in a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe inju...

Mohammad Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India's parliament, has been hanged after his final clemency plea was rejected

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Mohammad Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India’s parliament, has been hanged after his final clemency plea was rejected. Officials said Mohammad Afzal Guru, who had been on death row since 2002, was executed at Tihar jail near Delhi. Afzal Guru had always denied plotting the attack, which left 14 dead. India has stepped up security and announc...

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of shooting the fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012

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Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone accused of murdering two Indian fishermen, in a case that has sparked a diplomatic row between India and Italy, are to be sent back to Delhi for trial. The Indian government had allowed them to return to Italy to vote in last month’s election. But when they failed to return, India’s Supreme Court ruled Italy’s ambassador...

The female student who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi has taken a turn for the worse at a Singapore hospital

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...ee a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area, intending to travel to Dwarka in south-west Delhi. Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus into a Delhi street. India’s Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said in a statement on Thursday that the government had decided to send the victim ove...

The female student who was raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital

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The female student who was raped on a bus in India’s capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say. The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three operations in a Delhi hospital. The attack earlier this month triggered violent public protests in India that left one police officer dead. As news of the student’s death spread across social media...